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Eric Koester

Companies don't get founded with a light bulb, they get founded with a set of questions you can't get an answer you're satisfied with

Eric Koester is a major force in the startup world. He is a true serial entrepreneur – currently building and launching Main Street Genome, developing ‘big data’ tools for the small business economy. Eric also devotes considerable time to building the startup community, including as an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Georgetown University and on the board of UP Global and Startup Weekend. @EricKoester

Eric was a co-founder of Zaarly, a marketplace to locate local small businesses and service providers, named by Fast Company as one of the Fifty Most Innovative Companies in the World. He was also an executive at Appature Inc., a cloud-based relationship marketing software company acquired by IMS in 2013; a founder of Learn that Name, acquired by Blackberry in 2010; and a founder/manager of other companies in the environmental consultancy and web development sectors.

He has worked extensively with Steve Blank and Bob Dorf to develop and launch new curricula in the arenas of customer discovery and lean principles . Eric was recently named one of Washington DC’s “40 under 40” and has written several books on startups and technology, including The Green Entrepreneur Handbook (CRC Press 2011) and Starting a High Tech Business Venture (Taylor & Francis 2010). Eric began his entrepreneurial career as a corporate securities attorney at Cooley LLP, focusing on high-growth startups, venture funds, private equity and technology companies. He holds a JD from The George Washington University School of Law and a BA in Business Administration from Marquette University. Eric is also a certified public accountant in the State of Washington.

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